Warsaw’s electric-powered bus fleet beneficial for passengers and the environment
Today, the European Commission has approved a modification of a major project concerning investment in public transport in Warsaw area. Over €64 million from the Cohesion Fund will be allocated to the purchase of 130 low-floor low-emission buses and the associated fast charging infrastructure.
The new 18 metre-long articulated buses will offer increased comfort for travellers. They will be all air-conditioned and come equipped with an audiovisual, on-board passenger information system. Each bus will be powered by an electric engine which will allow for fast charging of batteries. 27 recharging stations are to be located at end stops on the bus routes. The new fleet should also lead to a reduction in maintenance requirements and associated costs compared to older types of buses.
The investment represents an expansion of public transport services in Warsaw, which benefits local people and those visiting the city centre from further afield. By providing modern rolling stock and improving the quality of services, the city hopes to attract more people to public transport and consequently leave the car at home. The bus fleet’s low-emission credentials means less air pollution, which in the long run should improve living conditions and boost the city’s image.
The project is currently being implemented. The main contract to supply 130 electric buses was awarded in July 2019 to Solaris BUS & Coach S.A.. The contract for the supply and installation of the pantographs (charging points for buses) was awarded in June 2019. Updated timetable of the project foresees operational stage to commence by June 2021.
After this modification, the project will be co-financed in 85% by from the budget of the European Union, which constitutes an increase of 57% compared to the initial decision.